Black Friday, Japan

Things that make you go, hmm… Last week was Thanksgiving in the US, but I live here in Japan and there was hardly any mention of the holiday except from fellow Americans. However, the big thing that was on people’s minds was Black Friday–which made me go, “Huh?” Black Friday is such an American thing:Continue reading “Black Friday, Japan”

Credit Cards and FICO Scores

The other day, I got an email from CreditKarma, which is a website that monitors your credit score and credit activity. I live in Japan, so I really have no use for it, but I’ve always prided myself on my excellent score. I may not be good at handling my money, but the one thingContinue reading “Credit Cards and FICO Scores”

The Pleasure of Saving

If I could go back and talk to my younger self, I would tell myself to start saving some of the money I was making from work. I’ve mentioned before that I was a hard worker when I was younger, but I was never diligent when it came to saving. I just never learned theContinue reading “The Pleasure of Saving”

‘Til Debt Do Us Part

  Weddings At the height of the Financial Crisis of 2008, I found myself with a “useless” Master’s Degree and $60,000 worth of student loans. I also decided to get married at the end of the year, which added another $5,000 of credit card debt to the pot. Yes, I know. What an idiot. ButContinue reading “‘Til Debt Do Us Part”

In the Beginning, Part 2

I came to Japan in 2003 for the first time right after I finished college. It was meant to be my gap year. Funny how things turned out. In college, I double-majored in Political Science and Journalism with the intent of becoming a reporter in Washington, D.C. once I graduated. I thought that being aContinue reading “In the Beginning, Part 2”